Members Statement: Urban Environment
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran): I rise to urge the state government to improve and consider our urban environment. I cite two examples where I recently met with residents where this needs to happen. Firstly, the Queens Way retaining walls, which were once porous green walls, have now been completely concreted over, with little to no thought given to appropriate treatments, greenery and the like. These large grey concrete walls unsurprisingly are now often filled with tags. They have created excessive noise, glare and heat for residents living nearby. Had VicRoads actually consulted with residents before starting works, much of this could have been avoided.
Secondly, the St Kilda Junction underpass was at one stage a local icon, with high-quality street art and murals. They have now been painted over with grey paint and again—no surprise—covered with tags. Lights have even been covered up. The pathway is filled with litter. It is dangerous, with potholes and rough surfaces. I have been sent photos of some really nasty injuries to a young person who came off their scooter. The question rightly asked is: how has this pedestrian underpass been allowed to get to this state? It is just not good enough. Our urban environment is where we live. It is where we get around in our community. Grey concrete walls, neglect—it is just not good enough. I urge the government to act.
And in my final words I want to support the statement from the member for Mount Waverley in regard to the regulation of loot boxes.